You know, I just got my G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club newsletter in the mail and was going to sit down and lavish some praise upon the upcoming Pursuit of Cobra HISS Tank, while at the same time lamenting the fact that I can’t show images for copyright purposes…and then the already immortal Gyre-Viper over at HissTank.com goes and not only blasts a ton of HISS pics, but also got his mitts on something nobody has laid eyes on before! It looks to be a Bravo sized miltary type Jeep for the G.I. Joe side, quite possibly to go up against the HISS in the initial wave of Bravo vehicles for the Pursuit of Cobra line.
When I saw these images, two words came immediately to mind, but I try and keep my site somewhat family friendly, so I won’t repeat them here. Needless to say, I’m impressed. Back when this new blog format site fired up, I opined that there could be some really great stuff coming on the vehicle front for G.I. Joe…and while my math was a little bit off, I’m pleased to see that what I hypothosized is finally coming to pass. From first glance, you can immediately see the strong influence of the Sigma 6 2.5″ vehicle “style” only finally done up in the crowd-pleasing 3 3/4″ scale. The modular weapons, the sleek, aerodynamic armor plating, the intricate pseudo-futuristic detailing. These are vehicles worthy of the G.I. Joe name, and for a guy who’s not really into vehicles all that much, I am giddy looking at these images. Good Lord these look cool. Many images are mirrored below.
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Also, a few notes about the HISS, courtesy of the always informative G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club newsletter:
- There are three modes, high-speed, stealth, and moving turret attack mode
- Pressing a button will cause the HISS to “spring up” like a cobra
- Moving treads and the top cannon rotates 360 degrees
- Handgrips under the chassis for Joes to grab onto (inspired by the Pyramid of Darkness cartoon)
- Two opening cockpits, one in front and one that flips down in the back
- Cockpit is opaque, not clear, HISS driver uses cameras to see
- Both cannons rotate independently, but also have a feature that spins them both simultaneously
- Customizable sticker sheets to create a fleet of HISS Tanks with unique identifiers
There is also some terrific concept art and design images, but you’ll have to get your hands on the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club newsletter for that. To join the club, click here!